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Poseidon Adventure (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]

4.4 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley
  • Directors: Irwin Allen, Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Paul Gallico, Stirling Silliphant, Wendell Mayes
  • Producers: Irwin Allen, Sherrill C. Corwin, Sidney Marshall
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, THX, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: Dec 17 2002
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305280746
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The Poseidon Adventure

Hands down, this is the best movie (and was one of the first) to come out of the seemingly endless cycle of disaster movies that dominated box offices during the 1970s. It could even be argued that Titanic owes some of its success to the precedent set by this 1972 blockbuster starring Gene Hackman as a priest who leads a small group of survivors to safety from the bowels of a capsized luxury liner. From its stellar cast to its cheesy, Oscar-winning theme song, The Morning After, the movie has all the ingredients of a popular classic, beginning with a New Year's Eve celebration aboard the ill-fated Poseidon and ending as a pop allegory when the Hackman character becomes a Christ-like martyr. Filmed on spectacular sets where everything down is up and the ship's thick hull points in the direction of salvation, this is "a waterlogged Grand Hotel" (in the words of New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael) that is as entertaining as it is unabashedly brainless. The Poseidon Adventure is filled with performances that rise above the limits of the screenplay. It's also the only movie--unless you count her underwater corpse in Night of the Hunter--that lets Shelley Winters strut her stuff as an aquatic heroine. Who could ask for anything more? --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Couldn't get this in Canada due to a "Walmart exclusive" (but not at Canadian Walmarts) so here it is finally free from Walmart in all it's glory. I saw this when I was a kid at a giant cinema in downtown Toronto (Odeon Carlton) in 70MM so I was excited that a multi-channel mix was finally released. The sound is nowhere near today's sonic standards but it's pretty decent for a film from 1972 (this film does deserve a full-out audio restoration) and the picture quality is fantastic! The acting and story hold up, it was great fun re-watching this the best ways it's been seen and heard since it's original release in 70MM. Well worth the $10-$12 price!
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I have written a review of The Poseidon Adventure before but that was before I got the DVD and in that review I basically was reviewing the movie so I thought I would write a new review. I received the DVD for Christmas and just watched it a little while ago and though I do think that they should release a new special Edition DVD with anamorphic widescreen and more extra features I'm pleased with this letterbox widescreen for now but will definitely think of getting a special Edition DVD if one is ever released. I enjoyed watching this movie and I think this is the best disaster movie I have ever seen and the whole cast is great. Gene Hackman (The French Connection), Ernest Borgnine (The Dirty Dozen), Shelley Winters (Night of the Hunter), Stella Stevens (Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows), Jack Albertson (Chico and the Man), Pamela Sue Martin (Dynasty), etc. If you are looking for great extra features on this DVD you will find that this is a bare bones DVD and the features are rather sparse and are only the trailer and a couple of short biographies and filmographies of only a couple of the actors from the cast and I hope that if a new DVD is released that it will have more special features that will include a biography and filmography of the whole cast and also cast interviews, deleted scenes and all of the usual extras. Well anyway until a better DVD comes along I'm actually content with this one.
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As an adult, I can appreciate all the criticisms that have been levelled against this and other 70's disaster films: hackneyed and stereotyped characterization, bad special effects, implausible plot turns. Yet it's hard for me to reject The Poseidon Adventure. As a twelve year-old sitting in the front row of the Odeon movie theatre in my home town craning my neck to look up at the screen as the big ship turned over, I thought it was the height of cinematic art or at least of big Hollywood spectacle. Happily, years of viewing Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa, Godard, Truffaut, Bunuel, Hitchcock, David Lean and company have shown me otherwise. Despite it all, I still have a kind of embarrassed and grudging affection for this movie and its quirkier characters, particularly the spectacularly vulgar Linda Rogo, played by Stella Stevens, with her poodle hair climbing a huge Christmas tree and a ladder in four-inch silver heels, and the heroic Mrs. Rosen who wants to atone for being a millstone around the other survivors' neck by reliving her glory days as a swim champion in order to save them. I'm sure today's twelve year-olds would roll their eyes as it is hopelessly sentimental, impossibly out of date and extremely cheesy. And yes, it is all of those things. However, I'd pick this version any day over the recent bloodless (only in the metaphorical sense) Wolfgang Petersen version which dispenses with characterization of any kind and uses the actors as live-action figures in a video game.

If you like your fun on the cheesy side, the original Poseidon Adventure is as pleasurable as a big wheel of Gouda, particularly if you can watch it on a big screen television.
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Irwin Allen's THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE is regarded as being the forerunner of the myriad of disaster movies that reigned supreme at the box-office through the 70's and into the 80's.
In this enjoyable and quite campy film, we see the "stock characters" that would become a fixture in the disaster movie genre; the Jewish couple (Jack Albertson and Shelley Winters), the swashbuckling ah...priest? (Gene Hackman), the rowdy policeman and his ex-hooker wife (Ernest Borgnine and Stella Stevens), the nervous little singer (Carol Lynley), the bachelor (Red Buttons), the leggy teen (Pamela Sue Martin) and the know-it-all little brat (Eric Shea).
Mind you, the ship was bound to sink with Leslie Nielsen (AKA Frank Drebin) at the helm...
When the SS Poseidon capsizes in a tidal wave on New Year's Eve, this motley bunch of survivors try to climb to the thinnest part of the hull to escape. Climbing up a huge Christmas tree to begin the adventure, the Priest first makes some convienient "alterations" to the women's outfits. First he orders Stella Stevens to take off her evening gown and put on a short pink shirt; then he orders Pamela Sue Martin to take off her red mini-skirt, which she does, only to reveal a matching pair of red hotpants beneath!!
Then sit back and watch as our vaccuous and totally unbelievable band of dim-wits try to thwart the crumbling wreckage that is continually exploding around them. I mean really, what is Stella Stevens thinking that she can climb through vents and up ladders in silver stilettos?!!
Featuring the theme song "The Morning After" (mimed convincingly by Carol Lynley) and some marvellous miniature effects techniques.
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